Episode 44

Slow and Steady Wins the Race with Chris Hughes

Published on: 22nd November, 2023

Today’s Performance Mindset podcast features Chris Hughes from Track Shack in Orlando, Florida. Amy sits down with her friend to chat about Track Shack, which has been in business for more than 45 years, the role events play in their business and community, and his “why” for Track Shack as it continues to grow and evolve. They also delve into creating a mindset centered around gratitude, support, and recognizing what no longer fits into your life.

Listen in as Amy and Chris get to know one another just a little bit better and share some of the lessons they’ve learned on their family business journeys.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  1. Chris Hughes’s background with a family business, the lessons it taught him, and why he’s grateful for the experience.
  2. How being closed on Sundays impacts Chris’s family business and why they returned to being closed on Sunday after trying it as a business day.
  3. The changes to their business following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Initially, using events to drive traffic to the retail store and the evolution of the events into developing a community.
  5. Chris’s “why” for Track Shack and his desire to share it with future generations.
  6. His desire to make fitness accessible to everyone--no matter what their fitness level is
  7. Why choosing to build something slowly and methodically is the path to success.
  8. The role of gratitude in success and having a mindset of moving toward success instead of coasting.
  9. Being unafraid to ask others for support and help when you need it.
  10. The reason your worst-case scenarios are often much worse than reality.
  11. How rebuilding your mindset can lead to realizing what no longer fits your life.
  12. Chris’s interest in stoicism and what he’s learned from it.
  13. What a typical day looks like for Chris Hughes.

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Performance Mindset
Realizing Excellence in Business and Commercial Real Estate
After more than a decade serving business owners and investors, Amy Calandrino and the team at Beyond Commercial has discovered that our most successful clients have a performance mindset driving them to gain a competitive edge over others in the marketplace. Through helping our clients to execute data-driven decisions, we've found that it's about so much more than property in being successful. Often self-limiting beliefs coupled with lack of information can hinder one's performance in business and investments. By having the right support invested in your success and rigorous follow through by the entrepreneur, creating exponential wealth is possible. The objective of the Performance Mindset series is to not only share insights from our most successful entrepreneur clients and other thought leaders, but also share business and commercial real estate trends. If you want to grow, you're tuning into the right show!

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Amy Calandrino

Amy Calandrino, CCIM is the Founding Principal of Beyond Commercial, a Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) certified commercial real estate firm. Amy leads a team of commercial real estate experts who deliver tremendous value to business owners and investors across all asset classes.

Amy’s clientele includes local, regional, national, and international companies in a wide range of industries and numerous private investors and family offices. Her reputation as a fierce, results-driven dealmaker in sales, leasing, and investment transactions helps to achieve her client’s goals through winning bidding wars or otherwise accomplishing what others often cannot.

Currently, Amy is the Immediate Past President of Florida CCIM Chapter's Central District, Immediate Past President of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Leadership Winter Park Alumni Council, Representative on the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, Associate Member of the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF), and Board Member on Seacoast Bank’s Central Florida Community Board. Amy also supports many community organizations including Valencia College’s Foundation, the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Easterseals Florida, and Inspire of Central Florida. Since Amy finds fulfillment helping others to achieve success, her philanthropic efforts are focused on organizations aligned with her personal mission.

Amy’s recent accolades include: 2021 “Winter Park Magazine” People to Watch; 2021 “Orlando Business Journal” Women Who Mean Business; 2021 #CREi Top LinkedIn Influencers in Commercial Real Estate; 2020 Orlando Regional REALTORS® Association (ORRA) Young Professional Network “20 Under 40” Rising Star; 2020 Globe St. Real Estate Forum “Fifty Under 40” Commercial Real Estate Professional; 2019 Connect CRE Next Generation Award; 2019 Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Winter Park Champion of the Year nominee; 2019 ORRA Good Neighbor Award Recipient; and 2018 & 2019 Central Florida Association of REALTORS® Circle of Achievement Award.

Amy lives in the Winter Park / Maitland area with her husband Phil who is a well-respected business attorney and CEO of Forward Law Firm, toddler son Giovanni “Gio”, baby daughter Giulietta “Giulie”, and Duke the whippet (@DukeWhippet). Amy enjoys cooking, knitting, traveling, reading, golfing, playing poker, and spending quality time with loved ones. For more information about Amy, visit www.amycalandrino.com